De Leon Free Press

DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, Friday, November 2, 1923 (Issue "A")

De Leon Parents Seek Missing Boy By Newspaper Ad.

Mr. and Mrs. S.C. BLOYD, De Leon, have requested the Police Department to aid in locating their son, L.C. BLOYD, 18, who has been missing since October 12.

Young BLOYD was at the army recruiting office in Dallas early in October to enlist in the army. The recruiting officer held up the application awaiting parental consent and when that was refused did not enlist BLOYD, his mother wrote the police. A few days later his suitcase was expressed from Fort Worth to his home in De Leon, the writing on the express tag being different from that of the boy.

His parents fear he has met with foul play in Fort Worth, according to the letter. – Star Telegram

Willman Gets 65 Years Sentence in His Third Trial

The trial of W.W. WILLMAN, which was in progress in the district court at Hamilton at the time of the last issue of this paper, on the charge of murder in connection with the killing of Jack McCURDY at Hasse, resulted in a verdict of 65 years in the penitentiary. This was the third trial of WILLMAN. On the first trial the verdict was for 99 years, and on the second for 60 years. – Chief

Mrs. Richard Kee Died Tuesday Morn After an Illness

The community was made sad on Tuesday morning this week when it became known that Mrs. Richard KEE had passed away at Blackwell lSanitarium, Gorman, in the early morning hours. Death came after an illness lasting some fifty days, skilled physicians being unable to stay the hand of death. The end came at 2:15 a.m., members of her family and friends being present.

Rosslyn May DOW was born at Granbury, May 4th, 1882, being 41 years of age last May. In 1902 she was married to Mr. KEE at Dublin. To their union six children were born, five of whom survive. They are Rex D., Janice, Richard F., Lucile, John T., and "Baby", ranging in ages from two to twenty years. During their married life, Mr. and Mrs. KEE lived four years in Young county, and two at Gustine, the remainder of the twenty year period having been spent here at De Leon.

Mrs. KEE’s condition took a change for the worse on Friday of last week and at the advice of her physician she was removed from her home north of town to the Gorman sanitarium where it was felt the attention of specialists and careful nursing would bring about her recovery. But she gradually grew worse. Her mother, Mrs. T.M. DANIELS, and sister, Mrs. D.H. SULLIVAN, of Anson, were present with her in her last hours.

Mrs. KEE was a woman of strong personality, splendid refinement and culture. She was a violinist of exceptional ability, having taught violin and piano in connection with De Leon schools last year. Her work in this capacity has been highly commended. She was a member of the Baptist church for about thirty years and a devout and consecrated Christian character. But her legacy, the crowning work of her hands, is the splendid sons and daughters whose characters she moulded and who in after years will rise up and call her blessed!

Present at the funeral and burial, which Rev. W.T. HAMOR conducted at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, were near relatives, as follows: Mrs. T.M. DANIELS, Mrs. D.H. SULLIVAN of Anson; Mrs. J.E. ELLIS of Shreveport; Mr. and Mrs. John A. KEE of Fort Worth; Mrs. W.T. PATTERSON of Hamlin, Mrs. John T. DAY, Hamlin, and Mr. and Mrs. Jeff SMITH.

Barn and Contents Burn; Total Loss Is Around $12,000.

The large barn belonging to Mrs. J.H. BRYSON at the old BRYSON homestead about six miles west of town, with large quantities of grain, hay and other feeds and material, was destroyed by fire at about daylight yesterday morning, the total loss running to probably $11,000 or $12,000. – Comanche Chief

Fine Turnips Coming From Ed Miller Farm To The Fall Fair

Ed. T. MILLER, residing north of town, came in Saturday bringing a quantity of as fine purple-top turnips as the writer ever saw, presenting a bunch to the Free Press editor. Mr. MILLER has a quarter of an acre of the turnips which will yield at the rate of approximately $100.00 per acre.

Mr. MILLER has a few turnips apart from the rest which he is giving special culture and he intends showing them at the coming fair.


Mr. and Mrs. C.L. KINCHEN went to Waco Friday night to consult specialists regarding Mr. KINCHEN’s eyes and Mrs. KINCHEN’s throat. While there they visited his niece, Mrs. C.O. COOK, also saw the Cotton Palace exposition.

Mr. and Mrs. George VAUGHAN are home from a visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. P. SHAVER, at Waco.


©2004 Judith Michaels.  This transcription is the generous work of Judy Michaels taken from microfilm held by the Newspaper Collection of the University of Texas at Austin with a microfilm copy at Comanche Public Library.  The information may be used for personal research only and not for commercial purposes without specific permission.